In June 1999 David and Cheryl Leuthart purchased, TimberCo Ltd from Pat Ryan and Mark Johnson. At that time it was situated in Manadon Street on the south side of New Plymouth and consisted of a Timber Yard and Pre Cut/Pre Nail operation. Total staff employed at that time was 4.
Pat and Mark were both previously employed by long time Timber Merchant – Henry Brown Ltd but left in 1996 to form their own company after Henry Brown Ltd went through a company restructure. Pat remained on staff until 2013, passing away after a short illness in October 2013
In December 2001 the opportunity arose to purchase the remaining operations of Henry Brown Ltd and move to their older but larger premises in Morley Street New Plymouth. The purchase of Henry Brown Ltd strengthened Timber Co’s position within the Taranaki building industry and also added another dimension to existing operations by way of a Machining Shop.
The final move to custom built premises in Sunley Street; Westown took place in November 2006. A dedicated Truss and Frame Plant is run by Wayne Silby. The Machine shop is operated by Nathan Nelson, who joined us as a 17 year old in 2003. He completed his apprenticeship as a Joinery Craft person in 2011.
The timber yard runs smoothly under the care of Shane Ngatai. In 2009 a Sales Rep -Marty Prestney was employed. His 25+ years of experience in the industry has seen increased work in the commercial building area for TimberCo.
In 2011 TimberCo was judged the Supreme Winner in the Westpac Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The judges comments included “TimberCo has developed into a dominate leader in their industry sector and furthermore TimberCo’s quality is endorsed by their customer satisfaction and retention”
The latest addition to our team was in late 2013 when we welcomed Hamish Gutsell. Hamish hails from the deep South and has returned to NZ after time spent in Australia. He has extensive experience working in the building supply trade and is a great addition to our team. Hamish’s role involves assisting in the day to day operation of TimberCo, pricing Truss and Frame jobs and liaising with our customers.